Accept any evidence the applicant wishes to submit. If the applicant does not want
to release an original document, photocopy the evidence and certify the copy.
Applicants filing for benefits from one of the special occupational systems in Portugal
will need to establish the type of work the number holder (NH) performed in the United
States. If the applicant asks for guidance, suggest that he or she get a statement
from the NHs employer or union, if the employer is out of business, showing the type
of occupation and the dates of employment in that occupation.
Caution: Do not hold claims for Portuguese benefits for prolonged periods pending receipt
of evidence. If an applicant is unable to obtain needed evidence within a reasonable
time, transmit the claim to the Office of International Operations (OIO) without the
evidence. Advise the applicant that the responsible Portuguese agency will contact
him or her directly to obtain any evidence it needs.